Led by Zach Randolph’s 26 points and 12 rebounds and Kosta Koufos’s 17 points and 17 rebounds, the Sacramento Kings beat the Pelicans in New Orleans by a score of 114-103.
A battle between two
*ahem* lightweights saw both the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans went blow for blow until the end. New Orleans was able to climb out to a 29-24 lead to end the first quarter, and the score of the game stayed close throughout.
The Kings closed the half down 62-61 behind a balanced offensive attack. Both George Hill and Garrett Temple had 11 points apiece. Sacramento did this despite allowing New Orleans to shoot 61% from the field to Sacramento’s 47%.
In the third period, the Kings were able to take a 69-67 lead before pushing their lead up to 11 points with under six minutes remaining. A brief run by the Pelicans trimmed Sacramento’s lead down to five points (90-85) heading into the fourth quarter.
Due to Zach Randolph’s nine points in the final period, it kept the purple and white ahead until the final buzzer. Even with New Orleans cutting the lead down to just two points midway through the quarter, a 22-13 run by the Kings put things out of reach for the Pelicans as they dropped their second straight contest since losing DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury.
Overall, big win for the Sacramento Kings. With this dub, they finished their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record and now have an overall record of 16-34 for the season.
Up Next: The Sacramento Kings (16-34) face the Golden State Warriors (40-10)